Anderson Silva replaces Jones in UFC 200

by Steven Clarke July 10, 2016, 5:15

Anderson Silva will take on Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 on Saturday, replacing Jon Jones, who was removed from the card for a possible anti-doping violation.

Silva, the 41-year-old one-time pound-for-pound king, will face Cormier, the light heavyweight champion, in a three-round non-title bout at 205 pounds, it was announced late Thursday night.

It must be a lot to take on-board, but the good news is that "DC" gets to remain on the historic card, and won't miss out on the biggest payday of his career so far.

And while many fans refused to believe it, the fight was made official just hours ago, when Dana White confirmed Silva would fight at UFC 200.

"Is there anything I can do?"

"I think it's an interesting, fun fight", White said. UFC 200, to be held this Saturday, was supposed to be headlined by the rematch of current light heavyweight champion Cormier and interim light heavyweight champion Jones.

Cormier's only professional loss (17-1) came at the hands of Jones on January 3, 2015. But White, always a man of action, moved quickly to secure Anderson Silva as Cormier's opponent. Silva provides another narrative, and the UFC still has a replacement headliner - the fight between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt. He defeated James Irvin in July 2008, Forrest Griffin in August 2009 and Stephan Bonnar in October 2012 - all via first-round knockout. "Anything can happen but I'm prepared".

The fight will be at light heavyweight, 20 pounds higher than the weight Silva typically fights at but it saves him from trying to cut weight drastically in a day.

Silva underwent recent gall bladder surgery, but passed all his medicals Thursday.

"They found something in one of my samples that I have no clue what it is", Jones said. "I'm coming to challenge myself".

Additionally, a female bantamweight title fight between Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes has been elevated to the UFC 200 main event.

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